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Subject: Students given Wikipedia assignments was Re: Arguments from ignorance
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From: Morris Gray <msg...@symbex.net.au>
Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:36 AM
To: ABC Science Matters Discussion List
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Wikipedia is even more quickly becoming a nemesis; and proof that
things go from order to disorder.

The ever-growing online encyclopedia's strategy of letting anyone with
an Internet connection edit and revise, the argument usually goes,
makes it unreliable, unacademic -- and off limits.

But then Freudenreich, 21, was given a surprising assignment by her
Latin American literature professor: instead of writing term papers,
the class would be writing Wikipedia articles.

http://career.ottawasun.jobboom.com/work-life/2008/07/09/6109086-cp.html

http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/28/wiki

There is a trend for more and more teachers to use Wikipedia for
assignments, both to use it as a source and for students to create
assignments on it.

Here is an example from Florida State University

http://www.cs.fsu.edu/~breno/CIS-6930/advanced.html

There are more and more attempts to create the perfect wiki.

Google's Knol has been a washout and will be shut down by the end of 2009.

http://knol.google.com/

http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/LearnMore

http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.scholarpedia.org/

And then there is the complete lunatic fringe.

http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Wikipedia

So the watch words for 2009....

Never believe anything you read or hear and only half of what you see.

Morris


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From: Richard Levy <rlevy_...@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 8:04 AM
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That is really sad but activities over the few days probably make it reality.

Richard

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> From: msg...@symbex.net.au
> To: abc-science-matt...@mail.abcnewsletters.net.au
> Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:06:13 +1100
> Subject: Students given Wikipedia assignments was Re: Arguments from ignorance
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